Why The Negotiating Network Model is Best For Future of Audiology

Through Alpaca, each member’s business contributes to the overall collective; which ensures and protects the profitability of the individual clinics. As Alpaca continues to grow, our collective purchasing power increases.  Your membership will not only benefit your bottom line, it also creates more collective purchasing power for industry professionals and drives down future pricing.

Alpaca is NOT a buying group, we do not pre-purchase hearing aids and mark them up 100%, only to resell them to members for a large profit.  Alpaca’s innovative model enables us to negotiate better pricing on behalf of our individual members, remain direct with the manufacturing partners and ensures our members continued profitability.

Membership in Alpaca is free!  There are NO dues, NO unit commitments and NO contractual obligations!  Your account numbers, sales representatives, ordering processes and invoicing will all remain direct with our manufacturing and industry partners.  Members save $20,000 – $300,000 per year on hearing devices alone, all while contributing to the greater good of the industry.

How would you spend an additional $20,000-$300,000?    Marketing?  Business development?  Hire additional staff?  Family vacation? Whatever your decision, by working with Alpaca, we give you the savings directly; which gives you the independence necessary to run your business as you see fit.

MEET THE TEAM

We are some enthusiastic people. We are so excited to see you here. Let us introduce ourselves.

  • Tony Asay, Au.D.
    Tony Asay, Au.D. Partner

    Education:

    Au.D.–Missouri State  University

    B.S.–University of  Central Missouri

    Externship:  Arkansas Otolaryngology Center/Little Rock, AR

    Areas of Interest:

    Hearing aid Fitting and Dispensing

    Professional/Ethical Issues

  • Jim Rippy, Au.D.
    Jim Rippy, Au.D. Partner | (Past ADA Treasurer & Board Member)

    Education:

    M.S. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) University of Florida

    Areas of Interests/Expertise:

    Hearing Aid Dispensing

    Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment

  • Brian Vesely, Au.D.
    Brian Vesely, Au.D. Partner | President

    Education:

    Au.D.–Missouri State  University

    B.S.–University of  Central Missouri

    Externship:  Arkansas Otolaryngology Center/Little Rock, AR

    Areas of Interest:

    Professional Advocacy

    Hearing Aid Fitting and Dispensing

  • Stephen Horne
    Stephen Horne Partner | VP - Business Development

    Education:

    B.S.–Auburn University

    Experience:

    Sound Advice Hearing Doctors–Director of Sales & Marketing

    CGM–Director of Sales

    Golf Channel–Event Management, Sales, PR and Marketing

  • Bill Helms, MD
    Bill Helms, MD Partner | M.D.

    Education:

    M.D.–University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Internal Medicine–University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Dermatology–University Hospitals Case Western Reserve

    B.A.–Harding University

    Areas of Interest:

    Skin Cancer

    The Role of the Specialist in Medicine

  • Joe Alden, Au.D.
    Joe Alden, Au.D. Partner | VP of Sales

    Education:

    Au.D.–Northwestern University

    B.S.–Elmhurst College

    Externship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

    Areas of Interest:

    Professional Advocacy
    Advancement of Patient Access to Hearing Healthcare